OpenSSH 8.2 Improper Input Validation Vulnerability


The scp client in OpenSSH 8.2 incorrectly sends duplicate responses to the server upon a utimes system call failure, which allows a malicious unprivileged user on the remote server to overwrite arbitrary files in the client’s download directory by creating a crafted subdirectory anywhere on the remote server.


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The victim must use the command scp -rp to download a file hierarchy containing, anywhere inside, this crafted subdirectory. NOTE: the vendor points out that “this attack can achieve no more than a hostile peer is already able to achieve within the scp protocol” and “utimes does not fail under normal circumstances.”


Vulnerable Systems:

OpenSSH 8.2 


CVE Information:


Disclosure Timeline:
Published Date:6/1/2020

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